Governor Appoints Jeffery Marino Director of ODI

By Published On: January 17, 2024

Jeffery Marino Speaks at the TechCA Forum on Emerging Technologies on Dec. 7, 2023.

On Tuesday, Gov. Newsom appointed Jeffery Marino as Director of the Office of Data and Innovation (ODI), where he has served in numerous roles since 2020. Marino previously served as Deputy Director for Strategy, Deputy Director of Service Innovation, Acting Deputy Director of Products and Consulting, and Insights Program Manager and Data Insights Working Group lead.

Before his tenure at ODI, Marino was a Data Journalist and Digital Marketing Consultant, working at The Motley Fool, Opendoor, Symbihom, The L.A. Times, and the Boulevard Sentinel, between 2018 and 2020, according to the announcement.

He also worked at Zip Recruiter from 2018 to 2019, serving as a Senior Content Strategist and Senior Data Journalist. Between 2014 and 2017, he held several positions at Redfin, including California Communications Specialist and In-House Journalist for the Los Angeles region. Prior to these roles, he served as the Editor of First Tuesday Publications from 2010 to 2014.

Originally named the Office of Digital Innovation, Governor Newsom created the office in his first budget upon taking office in 2019. ODI’s mission is to “drive innovation across California state government, using data, technology, and human-centered design to achieve exceptional, equitable outcomes for all Californians,” says its website.

With changes made in the 2022 budget, ODI merged with CalData, another entity under the GovOps Agency, and was renamed to Office of Data and Innovation.

Marino replaces Nolwenn Godard who left the position in November.

Last fall, the Governor appointed former Googler Sarah Sachs as Principal User Experience Researcher at ODI.

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